Sometimes actor and lead singer of the band Rooney, Robert Schwartzman celebrates his birthday on December 24. We wish him a happy birthday. I saw Rooney in concert earlier this year and I had a great night. On top of that, Robert Schwartzman was a really cool guy. I love when that happens. Here’s a fun fact about Robert Schwartzman: his mother is actress Talia Shire (who played Rocky’s wife Adrian in the film franchise Rocky). Happy birthday Robert and keep rockin!
Moments after Rooney’s awesome sold out show at Irving Plaza in New York on June 14, 2010, the band staged a meet and greet with their fans. The deal was you had to buy their CD from the merch table, get a stamp and then you could meet the band. Had I known, I would have brought my cds from home, but since I didn’t know, I tried explaining this to the security guards that were kicking people out that didn’t have a stamp. As luck would have it, right as I was explaining my story to a security guard who didn’t seem to comprehend what I was talking about, lead singer Robert Schwartzman had just walked out from back stage. I explained this story to him, and he happily obliged to take a photo with me. Thanks again Robert, both for making great music, putting on a rockin’ show and of course, for being super cool!
It was a trio of awesome music on July 14, 2010 as Black Gold, The Young Veins and Rooney played a sold out show at New York’s Irving Plaza. Fillmore East. Irving Plaza. For the non-New Yorkers, Irving Plaza has changed its name almost as many times as Prince and like Prince, the venue has resumed its original name- Irving Plaza. The crowd was filled to the brim with 18 year old girls and I thought my evening would be a disaster, but the evening turned out quite the opposite. Black Gold and The Young Veins both rocked (and more on each band later – stay tuned). Rooney has been around for just over 10 years now and while I’ve heard some of their music, I had never seen them live. Their music reminds me a bit of the Fratellis – nothing groundbreaking – but fun as hell to listen to! Every song is upbeat and rockin’ and will make you feel good. They were great live. The audience sang along and danced to each song with minimal nudging by the band. Lead singer Robert Schwartzman is the brother of actor Jason Schwartzman. Even though I knew this fact going in, I completely forgot about it until I got home. Rooney hit the stage around 10 pm and they played a great 90 minute set. They focused on playing material from their third album “Eureka,” but they still managed to pack in the hits “Blueside,” “I’m Shakin'” and their new single “I Can’t Get Enough.” I met lead singer Robert Schwartzman after the show and he was extremely nice. More on that encounter, reviews and images of both opening acts and a video of “I Can’t Get Enough,” are all forthcoming – so stick around. I’m only one person, with a lot of adventures…
For now, enjoy some more pictures of Rooney and see the set list after the jump.